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INTERNATIONAL LEADERSHIP CONFERENCE

Missouri HOSA Attends HOSA’s 43rd Annual International Leadership Conference


Members of Missouri HOSA participated in HOSA’s 43rd Annual International Leadership Conference (ILC), on June 24-27, 2020, which was held virtually.


HOSA-Future Health Professionals is the largest international organization for middle school, high school, and postsecondary/collegiate students with an interest in the health professions. Over 8,390 health science students, advisors, government and private sector leaders, judges, exhibitors, and presenters gathered virtually to compete, learn, network, and celebrate HOSA’s 43rd Annual ILC with members from across the United States, Canada, and China. Delegates took advantage of seven exciting general sessions, various workshop presentations, over 80 exhibits from companies, universities, and nonprofit organizations. The Opening Session featured a special message from the U.S. Surgeon General Dr. Jerome Adams and keynote speaker, Barbara Pierce Bush. 


A total of 298 participants from 46 Missouri HOSA chapters competed in sixty-one (61) competitive and five (5) recognition events and 41 individuals placed in the top 10, along with an additional eighty-three (83) individuals and chapters being recognized for their service and leadership.


Missouri HOSA members received scholarships at both the state and international levels. Two Missouri HOSA members received international scholarships and were recognized at the Virtual ILC. Nivedita Prabhu from Rockwood Summit Senior High School received a $2,000.00 scholarship from HOSA-Future Health Professionals. Andrea Taylor from Staley High School received a $1,000.00 scholarship from National Geographic Learning. With HOSA’s announcement of moving to a virtual platform and the decreased registration fee, Missouri HOSA was able to offer ILC Scholarships to the 85 first-place Missouri HOSA Virtual State Leadership Conference competitors, the 14 gold-level Barbara James Service Award recipients, and the top scorer on the Healthcare Issues Exam. Missouri HOSA was able to pay registration fees for those 100 participants thanks to our amazing sponsors who chose to transfer their original sponsorships for the face-to-face event to this scholarship fund. Sponsors graciously donated nearly $4,000.00 to assist Missouri HOSA competitors at the International Leadership Conference! Those sponsors included: Mid-America Transplant; Midwest Transplant Network; Missouri Hospital Association; National Geographic Learning-Cengage; Stephens College; UMKC—Health Tracks; and the US Army Recruiting Battalion.


Over 8,000 student members competed in one of HOSA’s 77 health-related competitive events. These competitors won at their local, regional, state, and country competitions to earn their spot at HOSA’s 2020 ILC!

A total of 298 participants from 46 Missouri HOSA chapters competed in sixty-one (61) competitive and five (5) recognition events and 41 individuals placed in the top 10, along with an additional eighty-three (83) individuals and chapters being recognized for their service and leadership. Results are located below:


Middle School Competitive Event Awards:

  • Nutrition
    • Ugurcan Buyrgan, Central Middle School in Springfield (2nd Place)
      • Advisor: Adrienne Deckard
  • Extemporaneous Health Poster
    • Keren Ding, Central Middle School in Springfield (3rd Place)
      • Advisor: Adrienne Deckard

Secondary Competitive Event Awards:

  • Behavioral Health
    • Varun Vasireddy, Fort Zumwalt South High School (1st Place)
      • Advisor: Laurel Taylor
    • Rincon Jagarlamudi, Marquette High School (6th Place)
      • Advisor: Lisa Del Pizzo
  • Dental Terminology
    • Madeline Potter, Farmington High School (4th Place)
      • Advisor: Courtney McIntyre
  • Pharmacology
    • Phanisiri Shaddarsanam, Marquette High School (4th Place)
      • Advisor: Lisa Del Pizzo
    • Srisharsha Gonuguntla, Marquette High School (8th Place)
      • Advisor: Lisa Del Pizzo
  • Medical Law and Ethics
    • Patricia Makalintal, Lafayette High School (10th Place)
      • Advisor: Jennifer Keillor
  • Pathophysiology
    • Aditya Kondepudi, Ladue Horton Watkins High School (5th Place)
      • Advisor: Allen Weltig
  • Clinical Nursing
    • Amanda Eshelman, Marquette High School (2nd Place)
      • Advisor: Lisa Del Pizzo
  • Medical Assisting
    • Madison Peroutka, Affton High School (5th Place)
      • Advisor: Allyson Wall
  • Physical Therapy
    • Serena Boyce, Kickapoo High School (7th Place)
      • Advisor: Jami Jansen
  • Bioengineering
    • Toheed Mahmood, Central High School in Springfield (2nd Place)
      • Advisor: Adrienne Deckard
  • General Chemistry
    • Rincon Jagarlamudi, Marquette High School (8th Place)
      • Advisor: Lisa Del Pizzo
  • Leadership
    • Sruthi Ramesh, Liberty High School in Wentzville (6th Place)
      • Advisor: Jennifer Strathman
  • Medical Math Advanced
    • Aneesh Batchu, Marquette High School (5th Place)
      • Advisor: Lisa Del Pizzo
  • Organic Chemistry
    • Rincon Jagarlamudi, Marquette High School (2nd Place)
      • Advisor: Lisa Del Pizzo
  • Extemporaneous Health Poster
    • Madison Dimmick, Central High School in Springfield (1st Place)
      • Advisor: Adrienne Deckard
    • Emma Huffman, Central High School in Springfield (8th Place)
      • Advisor: Adrienne Deckard
  • Extemporaneous Writing
    • Amelia Seiz, Timberland High School (9th Place)
      • Advisor: Jim Craghead
  • Job Seeking Skills
    • Kylie Mostyn, Central High School in Springfield (1st Place)
      • Advisor: Adrienne Deckard
    • Amulya Agrawal, Jefferson City High School (3rd Place)
      • Advisor: Nicole McMorris
  • Prepared Speaking
    • Katelyn Jackson, Mehlville High School (5th Place)
      • Advisor: Kristin Wheatley
  • Speaking Skills
    • Amy Montalbano, Park Hill South High School (7th Place)
      • Advisors: Deborah Landuyt & Katie Jones
  • Creative Problem Solving
    • Farmington High School: Aleasia Ryan; Corinne Myers; Brianna Speakar; Kassandra Ramos (8th Place)
      • Advisor: Courtney McIntyre
  • Parliamentary Procedure
    • Mehlville High School: Lydia Brooks; Alex Norrenberns; Ariam Weldemichael; Alyssa Norrenberns; Kelly Tuong; Nathan Uy (10th Place)
      • Advisor: Kristin Wheatley
  • Public Service Announcement
    • Affton High School: Charlotte Krakowski; Sarah Peters; Emra Meduseljac; Olta Rexhepi; Izzy McDermott (8th Place)
      • Advisor: Allyson Wall
  • Forensic Science
    • Francis Howell High School: Ashley Wuennenberg; Rachel Curran (10th Place)
      • Advisor: Ryan Painter

The following student members received recognition for scoring in the exam mastery category on the Health Care Issues Exam. This written test measures knowledge and understanding at the recall, application or analysis levels. References are listed in the guidelines in preparation of the exam and included health care related articles from CBS News Healthwatch, NBC news, CNN and Medline Plus.


  • Choong An, Central High School in Springfield (Advisor: Adrienne Deckard)
  • Serena Boyce, Kickapoo High School (Advisor: Jami Jansen)
  • Victoria Mercado, Central High School in Springfield (Advisor: Adrienne Deckard)
  • Jenny Pham, Central High School in Springfield (Advisor: Adrienne Deckard)
  • John Georgiades, Central High School in Springfield (Advisor: Adrienne Deckard)
  • Ainsley Higgins, Park Hill South High School (Advisors: Deborah Landuyt & Katie Jones)
  • Aiden Pezzani, Kickapoo High School (Advisor: Jami Jansen)

Sixty (60) individuals were recognized for completion of community service hours throughout the 2019-2020 school year in three categories: Gold (250+ Approved Hours); Silver (175.0-249.9 Approved Hours); and Bronze (100.0-174.9 Approved Hours). The Barbara James Service Award is in memory of Barbara James, 1982-1983 HOSA Inc. Board Chairman. Her leadership skills and contributions to HOSA exemplify the caring and compassion of HOSA members. This award seeks to recognize individual HOSA members who have a commitment to community service in health.


Barbara James Service Award:

  • Gold Recognition:
    • Ramsha Ahmad, Collegiate School of Medicine and Bioscience (Advisor: Ninfa Matiase)
    • Sydney Armstrong, Collegiate School of Medicine and Bioscience (Advisor: Ninfa Matiase)
    • James Barnard, Grain Valley High School (Advisors: Madison Darnell & Nick Small)
    • Kayden Bowman, Lexington R-V Schools (Advisors: Jamie Bergsieker & Krysta Small)
    • Yoseline Diego Gomez, Van Horn High School (Advisor: Debbie Cox)
    • Shaley Harper, Grain Valley High School (Advisors: Madison Darnell & Nick Small)
    • Ella Kruse, Columbia Area Career Center (Advisor: Christine Roberson)
    • Harshini Kumaresan, Collegiate School of Medicine and Bioscience (Advisor: Ninfa Matiase)
    • Felicia Lawrence, Van Horn High School (Advisor: Debbie Cox)
    • Jonas McCaffrey, Liberty High School in Wentzville (Advisor: Jennifer Strathman)
    • Dakota Meador, Lexington R-V Schools (Advisors: Jamie Bergsieker & Krysta Small)
    • Madeline Merrill, Orchard Farm High School (Advisors: Tammy Machens & Kelly Struckhoff)
    • Sean Nguyen, Blue Springs South High School (Advisor: Allia Shelby)
    • Scott Roselli, Grain Valley High School (Advisors: Madison Darnell & Nick Small)
    • Sara Rowley, Liberty High School in Wentzville (Advisor: Jennifer Strathman)
    • Daiysha Shanks, Collegiate School of Medicine and Bioscience (Advisor: Ninfa Matiase)
    • Nathan Weidt, Grain Valley High School (Advisors: Madison Darnell & Nick Small)
  • Silver Recognition
    • Yousif Al-hamdani, Collegiate School of Medicine and Bioscience (Advisor: Ninfa Matiase)
    • Lasya Daggumati, Marquette High School (Advisor: Lisa Del Pizzo)
    • Leeanna Harrington, Collegiate School of Medicine and Bioscience (Advisor: Ninfa Matiase)
    • Madisson Howell, Jefferson College Area Technical School (Advisors: Jacalyn Eberhart & Ginger Hand)
    • Gabriel Keeton, Grain Valley High School (Advisors: Madison Darnell & Nick Small)
    • Lauren Link, Kickapoo High School (Advisor: Jami Jansen)
    • Sydney Ritter, Lexington R-V Schools (Advisors: Jamie Bergsieker & Krysta Small)
    • Collyn Robinson, Collegiate School of Medicine and Bioscience (Advisor: Ninfa Matiase)
    • Maya Smith, Jefferson College Area Technical School (Advisors: Jacalyn Eberhart & Ginger Hand)
  • Bronze Recognition
    • Bethany Ahrens, Jefferson College Area Technical School (Advisors: Jacalyn Eberhart & Ginger Hand)
    • Sanjana Anand, Liberty High School in Wentzville (Advisor: Jennifer Strathman)
    • Jourdan Arenz, Jefferson College Area Technical School (Advisors: Jacalyn Eberhart & Ginger Hand)
    • Aneka Busam, Marquette High School (Advisor: Lisa Del Pizzo)
    • Ashley Carbajal, Van Horn High School (Advisor: Debbie Cox)
    • Emilie Christ, Jefferson College Area Technical School (Advisors: Jacalyn Eberhart & Ginger Hand)
    • Zoey Erxleben, Jefferson College Area Technical School (Advisors: Jacalyn Eberhart & Ginger Hand)
    • Hope Green, Jefferson College Area Technical School (Advisors: Jacalyn Eberhart & Ginger Hand)
    • Isabella Grimes, Jefferson College Area Technical School (Advisors: Jacalyn Eberhart & Ginger Hand)
    • Madison Hoofman, Jefferson College Area Technical School (Advisors: Jacalyn Eberhart & Ginger Hand)
    • Alexis Hubbard, Jefferson College Area Technical School (Advisors: Jacalyn Eberhart & Ginger Hand)
    • Olyvia Maupin, Collegiate School of Medicine and Bioscience (Advisor: Ninfa Matiase)
    • Abigail Maxson, Jefferson College Area Technical School (Advisors: Jacalyn Eberhart & Ginger Hand)
    • Jayda McCoy, Collegiate School of Medicine and Bioscience (Advisor: Ninfa Matiase)
    • Kayla McCoy, Collegiate School of Medicine and Bioscience (Advisor: Ninfa Matiase)
    • Serinity Merritt, Collegiate School of Medicine and Bioscience (Advisor: Ninfa Matiase)
    • Amy Montalbano, Park Hill South High School (Advisors: Deborah Landuyt & Katie Jones)
    • Caitlyn Mosier, Jefferson College Area Technical School (Advisors: Jacalyn Eberhart & Ginger Hand)
    • James Mosley, Collegiate School of Medicine and Bioscience (Advisor: Ninfa Matiase)
    • Megan Mossman, Jefferson College Area Technical School (Advisors: Jacalyn Eberhart & Ginger Hand)
    • Aryn Nemec, Jefferson College Area Technical School (Advisors: Jacalyn Eberhart & Ginger Hand)
    • Angelique Overy, Jefferson College Area Technical School (Advisors: Jacalyn Eberhart & Ginger Hand)
    • Sruthi Ramesh, Liberty High School in Wentzville (Advisor: Jennifer Strathman)
    • Litney Richeson, Jefferson College Area Technical School (Advisors: Jacalyn Eberhart & Ginger Hand)
    • Tejas Saravanan, Marquette High School (Advisor: Lisa Del Pizzo)
    • Anastasia Schrepel, Jefferson College Area Technical School (Advisors: Jacalyn Eberhart & Ginger Hand)
    • Kursten Sivell, Jefferson College Area Technical School (Advisors: Jacalyn Eberhart & Ginger Hand)
    • Cadence Stricklin, Jefferson College Area Technical School (Advisors: Jacalyn Eberhart & Ginger Hand)
    • Samantha Tinsley, Jefferson College Area Technical School (Advisors: Jacalyn Eberhart & Ginger Hand)
    • Melanie Valdes Inestroza, Van Horn High School (Advisor: Debbie Cox)
    • Natalie Voigtmann, Jefferson College Area Technical School (Advisors: Jacalyn Eberhart & Ginger Hand)
    • Emily Zarbo, Jefferson College Area Technical School (Advisors: Jacalyn Eberhart & Ginger Hand)
    • Jaden Zelidon, Liberty High School in Wentzville (Advisor: Jennifer Strathman)
    • Lacee Zillifro, Jefferson College Area Technical School (Advisors: Jacalyn Eberhart & Ginger Hand)

The HOSA Service Project involves the sponsorship of a national health organization, currently the National Pediatric Cancer Foundation, by local HOSA chapters. This encourages HOSA members to provide community service through the adoption of goals and implementation of strategies related to the support of a national health organization. Ten (10) chapters were recognized at the HOSA International Leadership Conference.


HOSA Service Project:

  • Central High School in Springfield (Advisor: Adrienne Deckard)
  • Central Middle School in Springfield (Advisor: Adrienne Deckard)
  • Kickapoo High School (Advisor: Jami Jansen)
  • Lexington R-V Schools (Advisors: Jamie Bergsieker & Krysta Small)
  • Rolla Technical Center (Advisors: Rebecca Bolen & Stephanie Pritchett)
  • Timberland High School (Advisor: Jim Craghead)
  • Affton High School (Advisor: Allyson Wall)
  • Liberty High School in Wentzville (Advisor: Jennifer Strathman)
  • Summit Technology Academy (Advisor: Kristen Pierson)
  • Van Horn High School (Advisor: Debbie Cox)

The Outstanding HOSA Achievement award is designed to recognize chartered associations for their special achievements, projects, events, and activities that are completed by and unique to

Individual chartered associations. Missouri HOSA was one of two states selected for this award. The submission was from Central High School and Middle School in Springfield.


For more information on HOSA’s International Leadership conference, visit – http://ilc.hosa.org/.